A Hardin County man, who last was seen Tuesday in Freeman Lake in distress, was found Wednesday afternoon.

Kenneth Robertson, 19, of Hardin County, was found dead in about 20 feet of water not far from where he last was seen on the lake near a kayak.

Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said Robertson was found "in the immediate area" of where he had last been seen.

Emergency officials received a call at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday of a swimmer in distress by a kayak a few hundred yards from the shoreline at Freeman Lake. Robertson was found at 3:24 p.m. today by the Louisville Metro Police Department dive team.

Authorities in boats and dive teams searched the lake until the early morning hours Wednesday and then started again around 11 a.m.

Denham said one of the challenges divers faced was the depth and visibility of the lake.

He said he was unsure of what led to Robertson leaving the kayak. He said there were family members of Robertson on the lake as well Tuesday afternoon. There also were friends and family of Robertson on the shore.

Denham said a life jacket was found in the kayak.

Robertson was reported missing a few hundred yards out from the boat dock of Freeman Lake Park.

The park, which had been closed on the lake side since Tuesday night and has re-opened with normal operating hours.

Amy Inman with the City of Elizabethtown said boat rental operations have indefinitely been suspended.

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